Proud youngsters to steward at Olympics

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A GROUP of proud students have described the chance to steward at the Olympic Games as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The second year students from Tresham College’s Kettering campus have been selected for the job after approaching G4S, the company responsible for security at the games.

They will also steward during the Olympic Torch relay when it passes through north Northamptonshire on July 2.

The students are studying for the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services and have completed qualifications on stewarding and door supervision.

It is part of the Bridging the Gap project, which aims to address the shortages in the security industry.

Tutor Clive Skingsley assisted the students to co-ordinate work through G4S, and as part of the process, students underwent interviews at Upton Park in London.

Carla Harding, 18, of Rushden, said: “This will be a great opportunity and experience. I’m looking forward to working with people from across the world and meeting people from different cultures.”

Zoe Brown, 18, of Higham Ferrers, said: “This is a really good opportunity and is once in a lifetime experience that I can tell people about for years to come.”

Alasdair Bowie, 18, of Irthlingborough, said: “Getting this chance is a great opportunity and a fun thing to do over the summer. This is something that is not likely to happen again in my lifetime.”

Charlotte Underwood, 19, of Wellingborough, added: “This is going to be a great experience and no one will get this opportunity again in their lifetime. We are going to be part of history.”

Mr Skingsley said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to take part in this once in a lifetime experience. Hopefully it will allow some of them to start a career in an industry they might not have originally thought of, and the skills they have learned already will also allow them to improve their employability.”